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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A George Smiley Novel | [John le Carré]

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A George Smiley Novel

The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement-especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla - his Moscow Centre nemesis - and sets a trap to catch the traitor.
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Publisher's Summary

The inspiration for the major motion picture Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, starring Gary Oldman and Colin Firth.

The first novel in John le Carré's celebrated Karla trilogy, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is a heart-stopping tale of international intrigue.

The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement - especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla - his Moscow Centre nemesis - and sets a trap to catch the traitor.

The feature film adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) and features a cast that includes Gary Oldman as Smiley, Academy Award-winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech), and Tom Hardy (Inception).

©2011 John le Carre (P)2011 Penguin

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    Fredrick L. 02-21-13
    Fredrick L. 02-21-13
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    "Great to read; not as great to hear"
    What did you like best about Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy? What did you like least?

    John LeCarre is a wonderful writer and I enjoy reading his books very much. Regrettably, the reader in this instance had too much of a monotone voice for me. It proved very difficult to listen to the book. A better reading and this book would have received a much higher rating from me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 09-10-12
    Andrew 09-10-12
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    "Boring"

    In general, the novel lacked a compelling narrative. Its a lot of people sitting around telling uninspired stories.

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    Mark United States 01-24-12
    Mark United States 01-24-12
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    "Not for the commute."
    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader pronounced every nuanced vowel in a way that didn't feel effortless, but forced. I would have preferred a different reader.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story was good, and I could see it being a great read...just not a great listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to audiobooks in the car commuting to work and although I wanted to like this book, I couldn't focus on DC traffic and hold the story at the same time. I found myself having to re-listen to chapters because I had no idea what was going on. For me, the story had too many characters with too much jargon for a semi-passive listen - it requires more focus than I could give it while driving.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    ashley evans 04-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Beware if you haven't read Le Carre"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Some explanation and exposition. I had to re-listen to sections based on british slang or british intelligency agency jargon. I've listened to hundreds of thrillers, some very complex and politcal but this one was a tough listen. I gave up about 5 hrs into the book. I saw the movie hoping that some of the vague aspects would be clarified but the movie wasn't that easy to follow either. I think you either get this kind of Le Carre novel or you don't. If you're looking for an easy intriguing listen, this is NOT it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Was going to be 50 Shades of Gray but due to reviews blasting the narration will probably go with lighter fare- maybe "Guts"


    How could the performance have been better?

    Less british spy jargon or at least a little explanation here and there on some of the story's characters, "circus" terminology, etc.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed. I knew there was a cool story there but just too much effort to figure out what was going on chapter to chapter based on the narration/heavy brit accent.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Dan Berlau Denver, CO 01-08-14
    Dr. Dan Berlau Denver, CO 01-08-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Not great for Audio"
    Any additional comments?

    This book may be an interesting read, but it was very bad as an audiobook. The British slang, mixed with spy jargon, and a complex plot with dozen of characters and names made it very difficult to keep straight. After listening to over 100 audiobooks, with was one of 3 I never finished.

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    Hiking1957 Portland, Oregon 05-26-13
    Hiking1957 Portland, Oregon 05-26-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Ugh...this was hard to get through."
    What would have made Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy better?

    Nothing that I can think of.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by this author.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I didn't like anything about this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Ugh...this was tough to get through. I started with the book but after 35 pages I knew that there was no way I was going to be able to make my way through the book so I got the DVD. I decided that watching a movie wasn't right so I got the book on CD and tried to listen to it in my car. I have to say that I was lost most of the book and only picked up a few things. I got more information in my book club but I definitely won't be looking for any more of these book. Definitely not my kind of read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Radford Arlington, VA, United States 02-18-13
    Radford Arlington, VA, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Pushed through it"
    Would you try another book from John le Carre and/or Michael Jayston?

    The first two hours of this book were a complete waste of time and in my opinion did nothing to add to the story. Now with that said, you're either going to like this book or not. I fall into the latter camp. It isn't a bad book but it's not an action story and requires you to really listen to it and pay attention (which I do with all my audio books), otherwise you can get lost quite easily.

    Maybe I've read too many books but I found the story line very simplistic and predictable.
    It revolves around finding a mole within the spy agency label as the "circus". An analytical mind may find this story appealing.

    If it wasn't for the fact that I always listen or read a story once I purchase it, I would have left it after those first two hours of listening.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John le Carre again?

    Based on this book, I would not


    What three words best describe Michael Jayston’s performance?

    I believe he set the tone of this novel quiet well but honestly he puts me to sleep. He has one of those voices that are easy to listen to but can lull you. Based on this performance alone, which is the only time I've ever heard him, It doesn't seem like he has a wide range of voices as I've heard from others.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy?

    I would have cut out the first two hours.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Northport, AL, United States 01-09-13
    Andrew Northport, AL, United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Novel and movie very complimentary"
    Would you listen to Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy again? Why?

    Yes probably so.


    What other book might you compare Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy to and why?

    The Godfather; at times methodical but very well constructed.


    What does Michael Jayston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really; One sitting is a bit of a stretch but there were times when I did not want to stop.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Carrollton, TX, United States 01-07-13
    Amazon Customer Carrollton, TX, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Tinker Tailor"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy to be better than the print version?

    N/A


    What other book might you compare Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy to and why?

    N/A


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It was all very interesting


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this book over multiple sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    Very interesting to listen to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    George Colorado Springs, CO, United States 09-29-12
    George Colorado Springs, CO, United States 09-29-12
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    "I gave up on it."
    Would you try another book from John le Carre and/or Michael Jayston?

    I might try another from John Le Carre, but will pass on Michael Jayston.


    What could John le Carre have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    N/A.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Jayston’s performances?

    No.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    Heavy British accent and manner of speech were too much for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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